1992 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

1992 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class Agents:


(262) 332-0622 / [email protected]


(262) 617-7421 / [email protected]


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Hello, Classmates,

We hope that this letter finds you doing well in this constantly changing world. Ripon College continues to adapt and thrive and we are happy to share some news to keep you aware of the latest happenings with our alma mater.

First, and most importantly for our class, next year, 2022, marks thirty years since we graduated from Ripon. Please plan to start hearing more about Alumni Weekend 2022 (June 23-26) and our 30th Class Reunion. (It is surreal to type those words!) Bonni, JuDee, and I (Erin) can’t handle all of the planning and logistics by ourselves and we are looking for volunteers to help us plan an amazing Alumni Weekend Reunion Experience. Many of you have generously given your time in previous reunion planning and we are looking forward to working with our classmates again. Please reach out to AMY GABRIEL GERRETSEN ’04 at Ripon to let her know you’d like to get involved by emailing [email protected]. The more, the merrier!

Without further ado, here are some great updates.

Alumni Weekend 2021:

Alumni and guests from 29 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on campus, Aug. 6-8, representing the classes of 1961 to 2023, for the first-ever August Alumni Weekend after COVID-19 put a pause on campus events over the past 18 months. Save the Date for Alumni Weekend 2022, which will go back to our traditional end of June date: June 23-26, 2022 – Class of 1992 Thirty Year Reunion! We will be joining all class years ending in the numbers two or seven to celebrate!

You may be wondering how Ripon has been managing fiscally through the pandemic disruptions, and we have good news to share with you.

This Past Fiscal Year:

A record-breaking 2,087 donors from all around the world supported Ripon’s fourth annual giving day on April 28, known as #OneDayRally, reminding us all that regardless of the circumstances, Red Hawks come together. Thank you to the over 3,600 donors who supported the College this past fiscal year through the Ripon Fund and other initiatives. Please remember that your donations and support are critical to the College and directly support the current students.

Campus Upgrades:

The McCullough Family Lounge in Farr Hall of Science — a favorite location of students for studying and collaborative work — recently received an extreme makeover with the intent of making the space more contemporary and technologically friendly. The renovations were made possible by a lead gift from Trustee PHILIP MCCULLOUGH ’69/P’04, and his wife, Pat. Also, a new Data Visualization Lab was installed in Todd Wehr Hall, which will be a great asset for Ripon’s math and computer science departments. 

Endowment Update: 

Ripon’s endowment recently hit an all-time high and as of Thursday, August 19, 2021, it was at $112 million.

Start of the Academic Year:

Classes started on Monday, August 30 and the academic year is in full swing with in-person classes. The College is continuing to follow CDC and Fond du Lac County Health Department guidelines regarding COVID safety protocols.

In case you are interested in how Ripon has been handling COVID-19, here’s a link with all the latest information: ripon.edu/coronavirus-information/.

I would like to share some helpful links to College information as well.

Class Note:

KRISTIN KOCH HANSCOM ’92 of Palatine, Illinois, is the VP of Operations for B K Controls, Inc.

We are a little light on class updates right now, but we always encourage you to share your life updates with any one of us or with the alumni team at Ripon by emailing [email protected]!

Wishing you a wonderful fall.